The fact that Abbotsford is blazing new standards in not treating addiction, overdoses, and disease is not all that amazing.
These problems, which cannot be railroaded out of town to the city limits or driven underground where they cannot be treated, are a rather sad statement on this city’s values.
This is a social health issue, but given the politics of Abbotsford, it has become more than that.
This is not a time to turn our backs on the less fortunate, or bury our heads in the sand, but to embrace those with problems and provide assistance, caring, and hope to them.
As we have moved proudly from a town to a modern city, we have to act like one. This means solving our problems at home and not sweeping them under the carpet.
Affirmative action at the leadership level of our community is what is needed.
An attitude of see nothing, hear nothing, do nothing, leads nowhere.
It is simply a revolving door, avoiding the same problem that compounds itself over and over again.